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Holidays Present Big Opportunities For Food Companies

March 2, 2015 | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor | Comments

It is said that nostalgia plays a major role in limited-time holiday flavors. One of the most notorious holiday foods this time of year is, of course, the McDonald's Shamrock Shake.

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Photo of the Day: Food-Inspired Fashion Becoming Growing Trend

March 3, 2015 10:27 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor

Just when you thought you'd seen it all with Lady Gaga's dress made of raw meat, TV reality star Lucy Watson is jumping in on the action of food-inspired outfits. Watson's couture dress is part of a growing trend on catwalks and showbiz events.

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Amazon Wants to Put 3D Printers in Delivery Trucks

March 2, 2015 3:10 pm | by Mike Hockett, Associate Editor

The 3D printers would allow drivers to pop out products from right outside customers' homes in the same trucks already used to deliver other products.

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How Recalls Can Affect Your Business

March 2, 2015 1:45 pm | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor

Food recalls always seem to be in the news. From candy to meat to apples, food traceability is important so that the products can be traced back to their source if and when a risk is identified. Check out this infographic on recalls to learn more.

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When Consumers Trump Science: Food Dyes Become the Front Line For 'All Natural'

February 27, 2015 8:25 am | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.info

There’s certainly an “ick” factor to artificial additives, even though they enhance flavor and color, helping us “taste the rainbow” in our favorite sweets. Controversy has swirled around the potential health risks of synthetic dyes since studies began linking them to ADHD and other behavioral problems.

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How a Digital PSM Program Can Save You Time

February 26, 2015 3:55 pm | by Richard Boyd, Project Manager, Stellar

What if I told you that your facility could shorten its process safety management (PSM) audit from four days to four hours? This was a reality for a plant I audited recently — all thanks to its digital PSM program. 

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What's Going on With the Labor Unions of Today?

February 26, 2015 2:45 pm | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor

Labor unions are responsible for better wages, reasonable hours, safe working conditions, the end of child labor and even health benefits. So why do they often seem to be under so much scrutiny? 

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Eating Alone: Market Opportunity — And a Step Toward Obesity?

February 24, 2015 9:15 am | by The Hartman Group

The act of eating together  helps regulate food portioning and consumption. It also reinforces social bonds, gives families a reliable time to communicate and ideally reinforces the social structure of the group through division of labor involved in cooking, serving and cleaning up meals.

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3 Ways Leaders Can Create Lean

February 19, 2015 2:10 pm | by John Maher, VP Product Strategy at Synchrono

Gone are the days where leaders sit in their offices sending out directives to the rest of the organization and lead mainly by pounding on the rest of us when those directives are not met. Today, leaders are responsible for training and mentoring their people.

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How Far is 'Too Far' When it Comes to School Nutrition Rules?

February 11, 2015 2:10 pm | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing

Who doesn't love grandma's homemade double chocolate chip brownies? Sharing — and showing off — your family's recipes was always the highlight of my fundraising experiences. But not so fast: new government rules requiring healthier options at schools may mean saying goodbye to the days of bake sale fundraisers.

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Why Should Manufacturers Care About Net Neutrality?

February 10, 2015 8:00 am | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor, Manufacturing.net

Last week, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler proposed redefining broadband internet as a telecommunications service rather than an information service. This change will present massive implications for individual internet users and businesses alike. 

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Engaging Millennials Through Customization, Curation

February 9, 2015 2:25 pm | by Ira Gleser

Consumers can now create their own customized supply chains and design products to meet their particular health goals. This creates an interesting question for food retailers — how do you deliver this trend towards customization in a brick and mortar store?

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As Global Plastic Production Rises, Recycling Efforts Fall Behind

February 4, 2015 9:40 am | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.info

While plastics boast numerous benefits, such as extending the shelf life of food, efforts to keep it from impacting the environment have failed to keep pace with its use. It’s estimated that in the U.S., only 9 percent of post-consumer plastic was recycled in 2012.

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5 Best Practices for Using Robotics in Your Food Processing Plant

January 30, 2015 2:45 pm | by Brian Roffers, Packaging Engineer, Stellar

Food and beverage processors are increasingly turning towards robotics for the technology’s slew of benefits including reduced costs, upped throughput and increased food and worker safety. While robotics does boast various benefits to food manufacturing, it’s important to follow some best practices during your own implementation.

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UCI Chemists Discover a Way to Unboil an Egg

January 29, 2015 2:50 pm | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.info

A team of chemists from the University of California Irvine and Australia have figured out a way to unboil egg whites from a hen. According to the researchers, the discovery could transform pharmaceutical and food manufacturing.    

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How CALGreen is Changing Up Design, Construction Practices

January 29, 2015 10:45 am | by Sonja Antunovic-Curcic, LEED® AP BD+C

As a food manufacturer, you should understand that CALGreen is changing the way the building industry does business. To incorporate sustainability into building construction and design, California established the California Green Building Standards Code.

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McDonald's Reveals List of Chemicals in French Fries. Will Anyone Care?

January 28, 2015 8:00 am | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.info

A few months ago, the mega food chain began rolling out videos as part of a “Our Foods. Your Questions” marketing push that cleverly showcases former “MythBusters” co-host, Grant Imahara, doing some myth-busting about how their food is made.

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Hangover Cure 101: Research Says This Drink is the Perfect Remedy

January 27, 2015 12:40 pm | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing

New research presented at the 12th Annual Scripps Natural Supplements Conference shows that RESQWATER is an effective anti-hangover drink and helps support sleep quality and next-day cognitive function. A perfect cure or just a hoax?     

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Consumer Trends Continue to Evolve in 2015

January 26, 2015 2:20 pm | by Technomic, Inc.

It's difficult to anticipate the next shift in consumers' preferences and needs, but operators can count on one thing heading into 2015: Consumers will expect more from their brands, especially in the areas of technological amenities and food quality.

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Are Distributors Partners or Customers?

January 23, 2015 8:00 am | by Jack Keough, Contributing Editor

The word customer when describing the relationship between manufacturers-distributors is often not used. In fact, the word is abhorrent to some manufacturers; one manufacturer even insists that their employees refer to their distributors as “channel partners.” 

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Report Says BPA is Safe, But Will This Change the Game?

January 22, 2015 9:30 am | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.info

In a recent report, the EFSA has concluded that bisphenol A poses “no consumer health risk” to anyone at any age. This is just the latest in an ongoing back and forth between scientists, government officials and industry insiders on just how dangerous BPA might be.

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